Mark Morgan Ford is a lifelong practitioner of writing, teaching, entrepreneurship, martial arts and philanthropy.
He has been writing and publishing since 1962 when, at age 12, he sold an underground booklet titled Excuses for the Amateur to his fifth-grade peers. Since then, he has written more than two dozen books on business, entrepreneurship and wealth building (several of which were New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers), as well as half a dozen books on rhetoric and three books of poetry. He has also written and produced four feature-length movies.
From 2000 to 2010, he posted more than 3,000 essays on his Early to Rise blog, which, at one time, had a circulation of nearly a million readers. From 2010 to 2015, he retired from all but one of his business concerns and created an educational curriculum on wealth building. This curriculum – which consists of thousands of pages of advice and instruction – lives in the Wealth Sciences Academy, an organization whose goal is to encourage industry, entrepreneurship and prudent financial management for the “not yet wealthy.”
As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in dozens of multimillion-dollar businesses, including one whose revenues exceeded $100 million and another that broke the billion-dollar mark. His current business interests include the Agora companies (a large international publishing group), Ford Fine Art (a broker of Latin American and contemporary fine art in Miami, Nicaragua and Delray Beach), AWAI (a company that teaches writing and graphic arts), Lion’s Kill (a movie production business) and Palimi (a business consulting company).
As a real estate investor, he has been involved in more than a hundred projects and developments, from single-family homes to apartment buildings, office buildings and resort communities. Travel & Leisure magazine recently voted the hotel facility in one of these resort communities – Rancho Santana on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua – “one of the 100 best in the world.”
A student of martial arts since 1998, Ford has won three Naga championships. He received his black belt from Marcel Ferreira in 2015.
His charitable activities include FunLimon, a community development facility across the street from Rancho Santana that provides a range of services, including an athletic program, a microlending program, a trade school and a literacy school.
He has attempted to retire four times in his career, never successfully. His current goal is to give away 90% of his wealth in the next decade.
Articles by Mark
- How to Master Your Emotions and Make Good Investment Decisions May 13, 2020- Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Is either tendency hindering your ability to achieve career success and attain a rich life? If so, here’s what to do.
- Four Ways to Be Rich – Rate Yourself Now May 6, 2020- Being "rich" usually refers to financial wealth, but there are other ways you can be rich that will also improve your life.
- These Activities Will Improve Your Life April 28, 2020- If you’ve found yourself with a lot more free time on your hands lately, here are a few tips to make sure you are using it wisely to create a rich life.
- Smelling the Roses April 15, 2020- You need money - lots of money - to own the symbols of wealth. But to get the feeling of wealth and lead a rich life, you don’t need to spend much at all...
- Take These Four Vital Steps When Disaster Strikes April 8, 2020- Life dishes out disasters big and small all the time. How we react to them can have a huge impact on how successful we are on our path to true wealth.
- How to Survive and Profit From Black Swan Events March 11, 2020- As a wealth builder, you have a choice. Try to predict the future (impossible) or learn how to protect yourself and even profit from adverse events.
- Make 3 People Smile Today February 5, 2020- Charisma is an important skill for achieving success and a rich life. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but luckily there’s a simple way to be charming.
- So You’re Old… That Doesn’t Mean You’re Done January 22, 2020- Hitting 60 can be a tough milestone, especially if you’re not happy with your finances. Mark Ford explains what to do to get healthy and create wealth.
- How to Be an Information User, Not an Information Junkie January 15, 2020- Information junkies get a rush from buying into the newest books and training courses. But how they actually use the information is the key to a rich life.
- The “Early to Rise” Virtue January 8, 2020- Getting up (and getting to work) earlier not only makes you look more industrious than your colleagues but can actually make you more productive.